Selected poems and paintings
Che Qianzi (the pen name of Gu Pan) was born in 1963 in Suzhuo and currently splits his time between his hometown and Beijing. A well-known poet, prose stylist, and painter, Che has published over twenty-one volumes of poetry and essays. He recently staged two solo exhibits of his ink wash paintings in China, and his work can be seen at Galerie Gabrial in the US and online. We are grateful to the artist, Che Qianzi, and the 吴风雅颂 Wufengyasong (a gallery and organization in Su Zhou) for permission to reprint these images.
White bride, shadow bride,
It is the groom's shadow.
Brides of snow inexhaustible, from the sky,
No daily life, human sphere,
His claws scrape it away—its mirror, its eyeball,
Dawn (Outside the Window, Resembling a Painting by Castiglione)
Rustling traces, fitly dispersed,
Flash-heated by recipe, this overseas red,
Ramble midway up the mountain, enough to stir sounds
"With a fragment of a poem in mind."
At an ice-skating juncture, he is suffused with light,
Someone buys monkeys and rabbits on a carpet . . .
Think of us being just right,
Index finger in the underlying color of a pretext,
Spiritual strolls, no farther than the outskirts, an onion
"Animals of prey printed for wide distribution."
Wake Up Like an Infant
Well-digger, come here,
Water-fetcher, come here,
Wake up like an eye,
All around, rapt intrigue of water,
Eat cotton candy.
I eat cotton.
Drink mother's milk,
Tossed raw vegetables with mother tongue,
A page of manuscript.
Heat you can feel,
A page of manuscript;
(Provide: a page of manuscript.)
Translated by Denis Mair
Volume 2, No. 1
Table of Contents
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1
FEATURED AUTHOR: LI ANG
- 06 "Beef Noodles" by Li Ang
- 14 Dark Li Ang vs Bright Li Ang: A Self-Interview by Li Ang
- 24 The Spirit of Deer Town and the Redemption of Li Ang's Uncanny Literary Home by Darryl Sterk
SPECIAL SECTION: WORD AND IMAGE
- 32 Modern Chinese Photography, a Photo Essay by Alan Atkinson
- 50 Between Word and Image: Luo Qing and the Visual-Verbal Self-Portrait by Paul Manfredi
- 60 Poetics as Reincarnation: A Conversation with Che Qianzi by Glenn Mott
- 68 Selected poems and paintings by Che Qianzi
- 78 Traveling Poetry and the Presence of Soul: An Interview with Wang Jiaxin by John A. Crespi
- 83 Five poems by Wang Jiaxin
FEATURED SCHOLAR: HOWARD GOLDBLATT
- 86 Hankering after Soverign Images: Modern Chinese Fiction and the Voices of Howard Goldblatt by Christopher Lupke
- 93 Memory, Speak by Howard Goldblatt
- 97 A Mi Manera: Howard Goldblatt at Home: A Self-Interview by Howard Goldblatt
- 105 Two poems by Xiao Hong, translated by Howard Goldblatt
- 106 Sandalwood Death by Mo Yan, an excerpt translated by Howard Goldblatt
IN EVERY ISSUE
- Editor's Note
- Chinese Literature in Review
- Pacific Bridge
ON THE COVER Moon 2 by Chen Nong
- Qi Bangnuan, The Big Run River, A Memoir
- Liang Hong, China in the Liang Village
- Zhang Dachun, The Urban Violent Gang (in two volumes)
- Tianxin Zhu, A Song of Clog Throwing
- Shijiang Li, The Chinese Department
- Bei Dao, The City Gates Open
- Yang Jiang, About to Drink Tea
- Han Han, Chorus of Solos
- Li Ang, A Romance Across Seven Incarnations
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